Our Vission: To be a premier Theatre, adequately equipped and be formally established as the Beryl McBurnie Institute for the Performing Arts, available for use by the Little Carib Dance Company for training and development and, for the provision of quality performances at the Theatre, for the benefit of all dancers, performers, patrons and others, in Trinidad and Tobago and beyond.
Our Mission: To acquire the necessary resources, for the provision of professional services, quality productions, adequate theatre facilities and a research centre, for the growth and development of the Little Carib Theatre and Folk House, adding value to the diversity of our cultures in the performing arts.
Proposed Deliverables: - (On Mission and Vision Statements)
- We have set out as a part of our Vision Statement, for unity in diversity through the performing arts. “Dance” will be used as the main platform to achieve our aim, with its main ancillary functions - Music, Choreography, Artistic direction and Archiving. This will be our main approach for us to achieve equal opportunities for artistic expression, and all cultural variations throughout Trinidad and Tobago.
- This approach is aimed primarily at educating our youth, in real terms, in all aspects of Caribbean cultures, and in the process, to bring our people closer to the principles of unity in diversity.
- The Late Dr.Beryl McBurnie, a “Trinidadian Dance Legend” - “La Belle Rosette,” the “First Lady of Dance,” was an inspirational, visionary Leader, talented Choreographer and Artistic Director. The nation’s # 1 cultural icon had a “Dream”-a vision of the future - a future for the peoples of the Caribbean. The origin of Beryl’s “Dream” was rooted in the ‘Dance,’ which should grow, and be developed in tandem with the spirit of our people, leading to the unification of all our Caribbean peoples. Our aim, through the performing arts, is to help keep “Beryl’s Dream” alive; to include the collating, preserving, restoring and archiving the history, as it pertains to our Caribbean Culture, and the Late Dr. Beryl McBurnie’s persona, her work and worth in the performing arts;
- To help satisfy the needs of the Arts, and particularly to promote research and reproduce dance forms indigenous to the Caribbean; to educate, enlighten and expose our Youth, to experience our heritage;
- To formally establish a Resident Dance Company, to realize the objectives of the Beryl McBurnie Institute.
- To be a home for the Arts; to provide opportunities for nurturing children in the fields of Dance, Drama and Music; and to develop the Folk House as a Historical Research Center.
- To create a website, that generates strategic value for our investors, sponsors and partners.
- To establish a “Friends of the Theatre,” group which will assist the Little Carib and Folk House with a resource base.
The future of the Little Carib Theatre and Folk House will depend on the quality and level of our peoples’ participation in the provisioning of the financial stability of the Theatre - a non-profit organization. This new and unique venture - “Beryl’s Dream” for the future of our peoples, is designed to allow for total participation by all. Our Board of Directors invite you the public - Patrons of the Arts, to come forward and partner with us. We need committed volunteers, whose time and talents are critically important and invaluable to us, in the achievement of the Theatre’s mission. We need the support, encouragement, privilege and financial assistance from individuals and organization, in the private and public sectors. We welcome assistance from the government - state resources and all others, contributed on an annual basis, to improve the quality of life within our nation.